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    We really really need to separate focus, and effort. Overexertion and improper sleep causes seizures, and is nearly always a cause for higher errors. Focus on the other hand reduces effort, reduces errors, and provides the free time to think about other better solutions.

    • Using the pomodoro method (as I’ve been doing all this time, just badly).
    • Extending the length of the 25 minute pomodoro. If I’m in the deep work flow, I’ll continue past the 25 minute alarm. A longer break can be taken later.
    • Activating my phone’s no distraction mode during pomodori. Only phone calls get through, nothing else.
    • Killing my email app and all browser tabs that have to do with real-time communication (slack, mattermost, whatsapp, and so on).
    • Just in case, pasting a list of time-wasting site hostnames into my uBlock Origin’s “My Filters” list.

    Are all good, but are fundamentally not a replacement for self-awareness.Develop self-awareness. Self-awareness is a prerequisite to long focus.

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      Also his claim that humans have a limited store of willpower has actually failed replication studies in recent history, so take that with a grain of salt.

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      Something that I’ve learned with age is that it’s always better to have a small number of high-quality things (minimalism) than quantity but low quality. Seems obvious, right? However, that’s not how most work environments operate.

      In the typical corporation, most internal assets are crap, but there are a lot of them. Lots of code, lots of features, lots of communication, and very little actual value. Most office spaces are shitty and counterproductive, most work assignments are of low value to the company and zero-to-negative career value, most power relationships are downright destructive, and most information is useless or even incorrect. And this will never change, because executives are always looking for ways to cut costs (i.e. fire people) and the middle managers and savvy peons realize that survival depends on DoSing the cost-cutters with complexity so they move along and pick on someone else. Hence, managers who care more about multi-page lists of brag points (not because they’re dumb people, but because their jobs and their teams depend on them DoSing executives) than actual value-add.

      When you’re working for yourself or in a mission-driven organization, though, this sort of obfuscatory crapflooding is extremely counterproductive. And that’s a big problem for most of us. We spend so much time in dysfunctional corporate environments that a lot of us forget how we have to operate if we want to get actual work done. If you only have 8 hours per week to dedicate to a side project, you’re going to need serious focus if you want to achieve anything.

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          Open offices are terrible and wreak havoc on focus. Disciplined workers would be less distracted with WFH than open offices.

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            the antithesis of what too many people in open offices are limited to, in those optimized for cost and showing off to investors Bedlams.

            Yep. The showpiece open-plan offices exist because most startups are not engineer-driven but business-driven and, in the latter, engineers are just expensive furniture.